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"The Limits of Comparative Politics: International Relations in the European Union"

Menon, Anand. (2005) "The Limits of Comparative Politics: International Relations in the European Union". In: UNSPECIFIED, Austin, Texas. (Unpublished)

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      [From the Introduction]. The current paper does not dispute that approaches from Comparative Government can bring added value to the study of the EU. Nor is its intention to suggest that comparisons between the EU and nation states perform no useful function – quite the contrary. Rather, it argues that, in order to gain a full understanding of the European Union, observers must be conscious of the specific – international – nature of the politics that occurs within it. The EU contains elements that are irreducibly international, which makes the character of interactions within it fundamentally different from those within national political systems, even federal ones. Largely, though not exclusively, because of the unique nature of states as political actors, politics between them differs in numerous fundamental ways from the politics found within them. Comparative Government approaches are often based on insights about the nature of politics that are not easily transposable from the domestic to the international realm. Their analyses rooted in assumptions about the texture and nature of national politics, they are simply unable to explain the development and functioning of the Union.

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      Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (UNSPECIFIED)
      Uncontrolled Keywords: Comparative government; comparative politics; national politics.
      Subjects for non-EU documents: EU policies and themes > External relations > common foreign & security policy 1993--European Global Strategy
      EU policies and themes > Policies & related activities > europeanisation/europeanization & European identity
      Other > integration theory (see also researching and writing the EU in this section)
      Subjects for EU documents: UNSPECIFIED
      EU Series and Periodicals: UNSPECIFIED
      EU Annual Reports: UNSPECIFIED
      Conference: European Union Studies Association (EUSA) > Biennial Conference > 2005 (9th), March 31-April 2, 2005
      Depositing User: Phil Wilkin
      Official EU Document: No
      Language: English
      Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2005
      Page Range: p. 23
      Last Modified: 15 Feb 2011 17:26

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